Planning on doing some remodeling?
Work requiring a permit
Any owner or authorized agent who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system, the installation of which is regulated by this code, or to cause any such work to be done, shall first make application to the Village and obtain the required permit.
A permit is needed for work in connection with, but not limited to, the following:
- Addition, remodeling, altering, or construction of any structure
- Changing grades
- Demo of any structure that is 750 square feet or more (Cook County permit may be required if under 750 square feet.)
- Changing the number or location of the plumbing fixtures, faucets, or piping
- Changing to a different system of heating, cooling, or ventilation
- Electrical service or new electrical work
- Repairing 50% or more of an existing roof or any new roofing
- Exterior building or site changes to any multi-family, commercial, or industrial building
- Pools / hot tubs / decks / sheds / patio / sidewalk / fence / generators / solar panels / gas fire pit / siding / driveway / detached garage
- Tree removal for trees that are 16 inches or greater in diameter at breast height
- Elevator, fire alarm, fire sprinkler, commerical kitchen hood, commecial appliance changeout or wet chemical systems
- Any commecial signs and banners
Work not requiring a permit
- Interior painting / exterior painting (single family residential)
- Flooring, carpeting, interior trimwork, or cabinets (installation of, not involving re-location, change in lay-out, or electrical work)
- Removing and replacing HVAC equipment same type, size, and location
- Removing and replacing water heaters same type, size, and location
- Low voltage systems - security, telephone, cameras, tv, doorbells, landscape lighting
- Tree trimming
Obtaining a permit
If you are ready to apply for a building permit for a home improvement project, visit our building permit page for more information regarding fees, proper documentation on the overall process.
The Village considers residential buildings to be vacant if they boarded or vacant for more than six months and do not have a current property listing. As such, they are detrimental to public health and safety, contribute to the decrease in value of surrounding properties, precipitate disinvestment by neighboring owners, provide a location for criminal activity and undermine the aesthetic character of the neighborhood and the Village.
It is the obligation of the home owner of a vacant property, per Village ordinance, to register the property and to implement a maintenance plan. The form below must be filled out and a $200 application fee paid.